Herath gets 100th Galle scalp as England struggle

Jack Leach and Keaton Jennings

Jack Leach and Keaton Jennings

At lunch on the first day, Jos Buttler was unbeaten on 10 and wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, England's second debutant alongside Burns, on five.

Jack Leach was on 14 at the other end after quite a turnaround by the tourists in the last two sessions.

Suranga Lakmal had debutant opener Rory Burns caught down the leg-side for nine before removing Moeen Ali - continuing at number three in the order after his late promotion during the home series against India - with his next delivery, clean bowling the left-hander from around the wicket.

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England captain Joe Root had opted to bat first in order to avoid the prospect of batting fourth at a famously spin-friendly venue but it was the pace of Lakmal that undid their top order.

Root denied Lakmal a hat-trick and started the rebuilding job, initially at a run-a-ball rate, with Keaton Jennings.

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Dinesh Chandimal's hosts burned both their reviews inside 12 overs, with failed attempts to have Root lbw and Jennings caught behind, while Angelo Mathews, back in the Sri Lanka side after missing the recent limited-overs games due to perceived fitness issues, spilled a simple chance to remove Jennings at slip on 26 as he edged an Akila Dananjaya googly.

Rangana Herath claimed his 100th scalp in Galle with Joe Root's wicket.

Root hit five boundaries in a fluent 35 before paying for his recklessness.

Buttler and Foakes sensibly abandoned the ultra-aggressive batting which had cost England dear in the morning session and combined in a 61-run stand for the sixth wicket.

Foakes found another able ally in Surrey team-mate Curran, the pair sprinkling in the odd controlled moment of aggression to complement an otherwise composed approach to batting that belied their lack of global experience.

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